Joselyn De Leon Rodas
Joselyn De Leon Rodas was born in San Carlos Sija, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. At the age of 4, Joselyn and her family immigrated to San Rafael, California. While Joselyn faced many health-related challenges in high school, she did not let the circumstances stop her from completing her high school education. When Joselyn graduated high school, she was awarded TheDream.Us scholarship, giving her the opportunity to attend California State University, East Bay. Joselyn is pursuing a Bachelors in Art and Ethnic Studies with a minor in Biology.
Joselyn believes that art is an essential part of social change and has taken every opportunity to use her art to create a positive impact. She’s had the opportunity to participate in several projects through her community program Youth in Arts. One of those projects included “Walkable Comics,” where Joselyn and three other youth artists wrote and illustrated a comic called Floating. These comic books were created to spread awareness on issues like oppression and were distributed to the San Rafael community, with an accessible format for young people to read and enjoy.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, Joselyn hopes to attend medical school and join organizations like Doctors Without Borders, so that she may help people across the globe that are in need of healthcare, especially under-resourced communities in developing countries.
For the DreamSF Fellowship, Joselyn has been placed at Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA). MUA is a nonprofit organization that focuses on empowering and strengthening women. Joselyn will help organize fundraising events, participate in community activism and will be trained to better support immigrant women who have experienced domestic violence.
In her free time, Joselyn enjoys photography, reading, listening to music, and writing poetry.